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Love in the time of Corona

21 April 2020

The Covid 19 pandemic is keeping peope around the planet away from work and school, sitting at home, twiddling our thumbs and wondering where this new reality will lead us.

The mysterious Edwin Drood makes a rare and timely appearance, to tell a tale of an illness that withered a land, probably not so long ago or too far away.

A fable for our times, Drood's The Lender of Last Resort tells of a dread epidemic, an impoverished population, an aged usurer, a jaded priest, a small girl and a piece of paper that changes everything.

"A small thing can change destinies: a horseshoe, some loose gravel, a quarter sovereign – but a piece of paper can change them the most. And it is strange indeed how such a document may alter not only the future, but also the past."

Spoiler alarm: the story has a neat twist and a happy end. Light at the end of a seemingly endless tunnel. Stop twiddling your thumbs, and enjoy a good read.

The Lender of Last Resort at Edwin Drood's Column.

The Lender of Last Resort at Edwin Drood's Column

The Lender
of Last Resort

Edwin Drood's Column

Squirrels occupy Cheshire

13 December 2016

Things have been pretty quiet at MFP Blogs this year: Edwin Drood has been on an extended sabbatical since July, and the Cheshire Cat hasn't appeared at all - not so much as a grin in sight.

Luckily, a gang of squirrels have come to the rescue. Silke Haist has kindly contributed some of her photos of Berlin wildlife in the form of irresistible fluffy red rodents.

We invited the stars of the show to the MFP HQ for the launch of the December edition of The Cheshire Cat Blog. Big mistake! The wee pests have taken over the place and refuse to leave. The office furniture is scratched to bits, the air is full of squirrely screeching and Chipmunks music, and filing cabinets and desk drawers have been requisitioned as nests and hoarding places. There'll be hell to pay when they find out that we've run out of nuts.

Squirreling about at The Cheshire Cat Blog.

Squirreling about at The Cheshire Cat Blog

Squirreling about

The Cheshire Cat Blog

Even more people on the planet

23 July 2016 - updated 12 December 2016

Back in November 2011 we announced the start of the My Favourite Planet People section, MFP People, with brief profiles and images of well-known personalities, historical, fictional and mythical, who appear in articles on this website. This, the Editor told the over-worked staff, would save the effort of having to explain who they were every time their names were mentioned.

Naturally, we soon discovered that this actually meant a lot more work rather than less: each profile has to be researched, written, illustrated, sorted, programmed, linked... What a palaver!

Nevertheless, the manacled menials of our Factual Verification Department (a.k.a. Room 101) have finally returned several of these profiles to the Editor as fit for publication. There are now 25 People profiles online, with another 80 in the editoral pipeline (i.e. in a cupboard somewhere).

And, as if all that was not toil-and-tears enough, we have also begun yet another new work-in-progress: a detailed list of Ancient Greek Artists.

People on My Favourite Planet

Alexander the Great at My Favourite Planet People

Alexander the Great

MFP People

The Gorgon Medusa at My Favourite Planet People

Gorgon Medusa

MFP People

Bentley does it

6 July 2016

For all those of us gushy romantics who believed that Edwin Drood and Miranda were inseparable, it will come as a great kick in the corduroy pants to learn that he is now smitten with a certain Aja. Who she, we may well ask, and what has she to do with the mysterious illness Drood calls "the Bentley Decimation Syndrome", which appears to have led to the disappearance of over 2000 British luxury automobiles?

The Bentley Diaspora at Edwin Drood's Column.

The Bentley Diaspora at Edwin Drood's Column

The Bentley Diaspora

Edwin Drood's Column


30 June 2015

Edwin Drood applauds the people of the English county of Lancashire for rejecting fracking and once again points to the mendacity of governments and corporations which are trying to sell us a toxic future.

What a fracking relief! at Edwin Drood's Column.

What a fracking relief! at Edwin Drood's Column

What a fracking relief!

Edwin Drood's Column
The Cheshire Cat goes to Dion, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet Blogs
Serene Dion

June 2015

Don't you wish you could visit Mount Olympus? We did
and enjoyed it immensely. The Cheshire Cat was so
inspired by the trip to Dion that he has finally been
persuaded to break his long silence and write a blog
about the place.

The Cat's long-awaited photo essay has plenty of
photos and lots of information about Dion - including
how to get there. We really recommend that you go
there yourself, but if you can't get make it right now,
enjoy a stroll down blog's colourful page. It's a garden
of delights.

Dion: the garden of the gods
at The Cheshire Cat Blog.


Dion: the garden of the gods at The Cheshire Cat Blog

Dion, Macedonia,

The Cheshire Cat Blog

Drood turns 171 in only five years

May 2015

Edwin Drood's Column is five years old. Incredible but true.
Edwin hardly believes it himself, as he tells us in his 5th
anniversary message.

"Have I really been doing this for only five years? Is that all?
It already feels like forever.

True, the evidence is there in real time, from May 2010 to May 2015, but in terms of the interior life, it seems so much longer. In just sixty months I have driven my patient readers, my unwilling family, my always-willing Alvis (the faithful Miranda) my variegated crew of friends and acquaintances, the voluntary and the co-opted, on an epic journey to the origins of the universe and its possible objective, to the heights of human glory and to the depths of inhumanity ..."

Read Edwin Drood's 5th anniversary message
at Edwin Drood's Column.

Edwin Drood's Column 5th anniversary edition
is the concluding part (coincidentally part 5)
of Edwin's memoir his schooldays.

5 years Edwin Drood's Column - since 2010

Edwin Drood's Column
5th anniversary

Ice cold in Alex

May 2015

Alexandroupolis is small Thracian port at the edge of Europe which only became part of Greece in 1920. Most people only pass through this Aegean transport hub on their way to somewhere else (e.g. Samothrace), and since the Greek economic crisis forced the suspension of ferry connections to nearby islands and trains to neighbouring Turkey and Bulgaria there has been even less reason for tourists to stop here.

All the more reason for travellers who want to avoid the fleshpots of mass tourism to try a taste of Thrace. We start our exploration of this lesser-known region with the basics for Alex: how to get there and what you can expect see when you do. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship.

The My Favourite Planet guide to Alexandroupoli

My Favourite Planet travel guide to Alexandroupoli, Thrace, Greece

Alexandroupoli, Thrace
travel guide
Edwin Drood's schooldays memoir at My Favourite Planet

March - May 2015

The Mysterious Edwin Drood finally publishes a few chapters from his memoirs. His five-part tale of schooldays in a long-gone Wiltshire countryside is less a stroll down memory lane and more a descent into the thorny undergrowths of youth.

Edwin's twisting mystery of teenage romance features a headless highwayman, a mysterious Dutchman, a wild child of the woods, the fearsome Old Mab and dark echoes of Gog and Magog.

Start at Part 1: Symphonic forms

Symphonic forms - a memoir of my schooldays at Edwin Drood's Column

Edwin Drood's

Edwin Drood's Column

Slimming down Samos

3 February 2015

More Samos, fewer pages. Our travel guide to the Aegean island of Samos first appeared online 2003-2004. Back then many people considered scrolling down web pages to see content a real chore, so we kept our guide and gallery pages short.

Now, with web 2.0 and trendy touchscreens it seems surfers just love scrolling and finger-flipping pages. We have updated and expanded the travel information in the guide, redesigned the photo gallery, added new photos and fitted a lot more onto 59 pages than we previously had on 77.

The My Favourite Planet travel guide to Samos

My Favourite Planet travel guide to Samos, Greece

Samos travel guide

We have also introduced concise guides to two other North Aegean islands, Agios Efstratios and Psara.

Not much has been published about these tiny, isolated Greek islands, so we have put together as much information as we could gather to help those intrepid travellers who wish to visit isles less trodden.

As ever, we welcome your feedback about our guides
and blogs, and if there is anything you would like to add, please get in contact.

My Favourite Planet travel guides to the North Aegean islands, Greece

North Aegean islands

Charlie propre

27 January 2015

Editors these days are so lazy that they get writers to spin their own teasers. The Mysterious Edwin Drood has summed up his latest column magnificently:

"In which Edwin considers the ethics of secret agents, faith communities and annoying little satirical magazines as well as the religious significance of snowmen, dolls and world heritage sites."

If that doesn't get you itching to read Drood's Bearding the prophet we don't know what will.

The editor, meanwhile, is hiding in a cave near Neasden.

Bearding the prophet at Edwin Drood's Column

Drood's beard

Edwin Drood's Column
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